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3 dos and don'ts for cleaning your engine compartment
The fit and finish of a car's exterior often gets all the attention, and most gearheads will debate polishes and paint protectants for hours on end. If you want to find who is really detail-oriented at a car show, don't look at the hood—look under the hood. A spotless engine bay is tough to achieve and even harder to maintain. It's worth it, though, because a clean engine compartment is not only attractive but also conducive to spotting any leaks or issues when they start, rather than leaving them to be camouflaged by grime.
Simple Green and water 50/50 (with some scrubbing with a brush or rag) will usually take off any reasonable amount of grime. I use it 100% under the car as well. This is always followed up with spraying water from a garden hose over the compartment. Then blow off the remaining moisture with a leaf blower followed by drying rags.